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A Little about me

Monday, September 18, 2006

I have always been the big kid on the block. When I was born I weighed 14 pounds 12 ounces and it was all uphill from there. In my early childhood I was abused and my eating became emotional as I ate to hide the shame. I remember being as young as 5 and stealing food from the pantry so I could have it for later. The more names I was called , the more teasing I was subjected to; the more I ate. All of this came to a head in February 2006 when I weighed 365 pounds; the most I had ever weighed in my life. I was diagnosed as type 2 diabetic with a blood sugar of 33.4 (approx 600 in US standard), high blood pressure and high cholestorol. C.O.P.D. and sleep apneia didn't help much either.
Faced with "Change your lifestyle or die" I decided it was time to do something. When I began my Journey I couldn't walk around this apartment building without stopping at least twice to catch my breath.
I started walking the corridor until I was able to get both directions without stopping then I began climbing to the next level and walking that level until I was able to walk the corridors and stairs of all 6 levels. In early April I discovered sparkpeople and joined a gym about the same time.
I now do 60 minutes of cardio 3x a week and 90 minutes of strength training 3x a week I also try to get 30 to 60 minutes of swimming in each day.
Today at 295 pounds I can breath much better, I don;t have to go to the diabetic clinic for another year as my blood sugars are stable in the normal range, my cholesterol levels are great and my blood pressure when checked on Friday was 130/80.
I am greatful to the many friends I have made here on spark people and also for the support my wife has given me. Without their help and motivation I am not sure that I would have been so successful.
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